Mark Twain said, “whenever I get the urge to exercise, I lie down until the feeling passes away”. If you subscribe to the Mark Twain school of exercise, not all is lost. You don’t need to go out and run marathons. Exercise is not binary – you don’t have to go out and push yourself until you see black spots in your peripheral vision to get good results. The key for lazy people is to start off small and not make any sudden violent movements. In other words, saying you are going to run 10 miles a day every day for 2 weeks is a big goal and a violent movement – you are not going to do it. Not even I could do that and I do Ironman triathlons.
Here are 6 easy hacks to get you going:
1) Take the Stairs – Unless You Work/Live in the Burj Khalifa
This building in Dubai has 163 floors. If you live or work on the first 10 floors of your building, skip the elevator and take the stairs. After a couple of weeks, you can build groceries into the workout. After a couple of months, furniture, and after a couple of years, medium size kitchen appliances.
2) Stand Up Regularly
Sitting is the new smoking. If you do not have a stand up desk, set an hourly alarm that forces you to get off your ass and walk to the watercooler, or the toilet, or go and have a quick peak at what the cute girl in accounting is wearing. As for the cute girl, only do that once per day. Every hour will get you a strongly worded e-mail from HR!
3) Walk for at approx 40 Minutes Per Day
This is easy if you live in a big city like London or New York which is geared for pedestrians. Most modern cities are incorporating “active environments” to encourage people out into the open air. Parks, running tracks, open-air gyms are all the rage. The cool thing is that you will not be the only person power walking - and you may stumble across some good-looking girls to help you keep your pace up!
4) Ignore the Watch
I know what you are thinking – wtf dude. You just said walk for 40 mins. I said “approx. 40 minutes”. The reason why some people hate to exercise is that exercise freaks get all religious and inflexible. Time is not important – what is important is getting your heart rate up and feeling the positive effects of the endorphins. Doing something – anything – is better than nothing.
5) Run for Just One Song
Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven is 8 minutes – that is the goal. But start with a shorter song - Start off with Yesterday from the Beatles at 2 minutes. Then, Mumford & Sons – I Gave You All at 4 minutes. Then Bohemian Rhapsody at 6 minutes. Then hit Stairway to Heaven and do it like a ninja!
6) Get Your Rocks Off
25 minutes of good sexual activity burns more than 100 calories – do that five times a day, and you will have a six-pack, and you will leave your lover with a big smile on their face!
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